Art Fairs

Parafin will exhibit a group of important early works by Michelle Stuart at Frieze Masters in October, focusing on her ground-breaking engagement with ideas of drawing and sculpture, place and memory in the 1970s and early 80s. This presentation will contribute to an ongoing critical reappraisal of this important artist, and follows recent acclaimed museum presentations of Stuart’s early work in the opening displays of the new Whitney Museum of American Art and in exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, the Menil Collection, Houston and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the major travelling survey exhibition, Michelle Stuart: Drawn from Nature at the Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham, the Parrish Art Museum and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. In addition, this Frieze Masters presentation will build upon Parafin’s show of recent photographic works  Michelle Stuart: Trace Memory in 2015, which was Stuart’s first show in London since 1979 and resulted in the first acquisition of Stuart’s work for a UK institution, the National Maritime Museum. It will give UK and European curators, collectors and critics an important opportunity to engage with her work.


At its heart the Frieze Masters presentation will feature two of Stuart’s ground-breaking and highly sought-after large-scale ‘scroll’ works: #12 Shandaken Veil (1974) and #16 Starmap Peterboro (1974), each almost two and a half metres high. These large unframed works, which hang with their lower edges curling out from the wall, are intended to create a very intimate experience for the viewer, an unmediated experience of pigment and ground, and by extension with site/place. These major pieces will be accompanied by a group of smaller drawings and ‘ledgers’ – sculptural book works containing earth and objects from specific sites– and an extraordinary group of small works made in England in 1979-80. Incorporating earth rubbings from around the Avebury stone circle and the ancient Ridgeway with photographic documentation, these are very rare examples of a major American Land artist making work in the UK.


Drawing on the artist’s personal archive the exhibition will be of works of the highest quality and importance. The selection will be made by the artist.



Since the 1960s, Michelle Stuart has been internationally recognized for innovative works that synthesize Land art, drawing and sculpture. Stuart’s original approach to material and process has seen her create large-scale site specific works in the landscape, sculptural installations incorporating found objects, drawings, and audio-visual elements, photographs and drawings and sculptures that bring the material of landscape – earth and rock – into the gallery. Her work articulates a profound engagement with the physicality of space and landscape and the complex entanglement of nature and culture.


Since her first solo exhibitions in the early 1970s Michelle Stuart has exhibited widely internationally. Recent important exhibitions include Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947 – 2016, Hauser, Wirth and Schimmel, Los Angeles (2016), Michelle Stuart: Drawn From Nature at the Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham, the Parrish Art Museum, New York and Santa Barbara Museum of Art (2013-14), Apparitions: Frottages and Rubbings from 1860 to Now at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and the Menil Collection, Houston (2015) and Land Marks at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2013). She was included in the important survey exhibition Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Haus der Kunst, Munich in 2012 and On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century at Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2010. Stuart’s work is in major museum collections internationally including MoMA, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Moderna Museet, Stockholm and the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld.




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